As a case manager, Thomas assists with screening and intake for the MAT program, follows up with patients between physician visits, and links patients with internal and external support services. He believes that working with patients for an extended time to help them stabilize, build life skills and guide them into recovery is the most rewarding part of his role. “You discuss tentative goals in the beginning of treatment, and it’s great to work with people and see them actually meet those goals,” he says.
Thomas has been employed in the addiction treatment field for about 20 years. Previously he had lived in Florida for more than 13 years, working predominantly as a case manager for methadone clinics before becoming the director of a clinic in Fort Pierce. Upon returning to Northeastern Pennsylvania, he worked for four years at Clearbrook Lodge, an adolescent inpatient facility. In early 2018, Thomas was drawn to The Wright Center for Community Health because of its integration of community support and medication-assisted therapy (MAT). “What I love about it is when I see patients now and they have medical issues, I can literally walk them over to the primary care provider in the clinic,” he says. “We’re able to treat them under one roof, give them comprehensive and cohesive care.”
Thomas grew up in Scranton and now lives in Dunmore. He has a bachelor’s degree in human services from The University of Scranton. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In his free time, Thomas enjoys spending time with his two sons, ages 5 and 3. He also loves running, practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu and listening to music, freely admitting that friends know him as a “music trivia geek.” Thomas is passionate about causes related to the treatment of opioid use disorder, as well as those related to autism spectrum disorder.